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Permaculture Design Course (PDC) Kefalonia 14-26 April, 2014

Project: The Permaculture Research Institute of Hellas (Greece)

Posted by maria baltazzi almost 10 years ago

The Permaculture Research Institute of Hellas presents a 13 Day Intensive Permaculture Design Course on the beautiful island of Kefalonia, Greece. Over 13 days you will acquire the practical skills to regenerate any landscape and to design productive ecos


In this certified 72 hour course you will learn:

Basics of Permaculture Design
Recognising patterns in nature
Soil biology, rehabilitation & erosion control
Specialized compost & worm farm
Fungus use and cultivation
Earth works & water harvesting strategies
Grey water treatment
Drought proofing
Wind breaks & fire control
Integrated pest & disease management
Designing & implementing a food forest
Designing micro climates
Natural buildings & bioclimatic design
Integrated animal systems
Basics in aquaculture & aquaponics
Efficient tool handling and appropriate technologies
Transition Towns


The morning sessions of the course will be in the classroom and the afternoon sessions will be spent outside doing practical exercises. There will be one free day for you to explore the island.  You will also get to experience Greek Easter on Sunday the 20th of April, which is the most important date of the year for the locals.

Course Instructor

Nicolas Netien is an environmental engineer specializing in waste management and sustainable community development. He obtained his Permaculture Design Certificate in 2007 in New Zealand with Grifen Hope, Darren Doherty and Joe Polaischer as well as an internship with internationally renowned permaculture teacher and designer Geoff Lawton at Zaytuna Farm, Australia where he completed his teacher training course. After extensive consulting work, Nicolas now lives in Cyprus and is the manager of the organically certified Atsas Farm – a dry-land agro ecology integrated system and a demonstration site.
The course will be run in English with translations of terms into Greek.

Course Location

Kefalonia is thought to be one of the jewels of the Ionian sea and one of the most beautiful islands of Greece. It is the largest of the Ionian group of islands and its capital is Argostoli. Kefalonia is home to numerous natural attractions, from the famous Melissani cave (the beautiful home of the nymphs in Greek Mythology) to its population of endangered loggerhead turtles, which nest at Kaminia beach under the watchful protection of the Sea Turtle Protection society. The island has a mild climate with excellent beaches, diverse and dramatic scenery, wonderful bays and inlets and it is also famous world wide for the its rich historical monuments from the ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Venetian era. For island hopping Kefalonia is ideally situated for visiting other close islands, namely Lefkada, Ithaki, Zakynthos and Corfu.



The course will take place outside the town of Skala. Skala is well known for its
fantastic beach (one of the largest sandy beaches of Kefalonia), its lovely tavernas and great nightlife! The course venue can cater for up to 20 students with 3 meals provided (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodation.The house is situated on a beautiful deserted beach.
You can have a look at the venue by clicking on the link below:

How to get to Kefalonia

By Bus from Athens. (KTEL Kifissou) Telephone: (0030) 210-5150785 / 210 512-9448. Cost is 36 Euros and includes bus and ferry fare. Travel time is 5.5 hours.
By Car to Kilini Port to take ferry to Poros Kefalonia. Ferry is 10 Euros. Travel time is 1.5 hours.
By Air from Athens (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport) to Kefalonia Airport. Travel time is 45 minutes.

Course Fees

655 Euro for a room + 3 meals for the days when the course is run
550 Euro for camping + 3 meals for the days when the course is run

There are a limited number of rooms so please book as soon as possible!

To apply for a scholarship please email as at [email protected].

Limited spaces available!

Deposits are non refundable.

For more information or bookings please email as at: [email protected]

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